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Tackling obesity is 'top priority'

Fit for life, a project about healthy eating - is one of the ways Leicestershire County Council hopes to tackle rising obesity.

It comes after figures from Public Health England on the number of overweight or obese adults.

The West and East Midlands came in at third and fourth place in a chart of England regions.

The two top spots were claimed by the North East and North West.

Ernie White, Leicestershire cabinet member for health said tackling the problem of obesity was a "top priority" for the council.

Although these figures put us in line with the regional average, it’s not good enough to see that two-thirds of adults are obese or overweight.

Obesity is a major cause of illness and early death and tackling it is a top priority for our public health work.

That’s why we’ve commissioned physical activity schemes and are about to launch fit for life, a project about healthy eating – but the scale of the problem means that it’s going to take a sustained effort to reduce obesity levels.

– Ernie White, cabinet member for health at Leicestershire County Council

East and West Midlands 'top for obesity' after North

The West and East Midlands have come in at third and fourth place in a chart of the English regions.

The North East and North West claimed the top two spots - with 68 per cent and 66 per cent of people overweight respectively.

But the Midlands was not far behind, with 65.7 per cent of people in the West Midlands carrying excess weight, along with 65.6 per cent of people in the East Midlands.

The full list is as follows:

  • North East - 68 per cent
  • North West - 66 per cent
  • West Midlands - 65.7 per cent
  • East Midlands - 65.6 per cent
  • Yorkshire and the Humber - 65.4 per cent
  • East of England - 65.1 per cent
  • South East - 63.1 per cent
  • South West - 62.7 per cent
  • London - 57.3 per cent

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Body image campaigner: Obesity data 'scaremongering'

Obesity data from Public Health England is "scaremongering" and is complicit with a wider attempt to belittle fat people, a body image campaigner told Daybreak.

Fatima Parker from the International Size Acceptance Society said the weight loss industry had a lot to gain from data that painted obesity as a national problem.

"By belittling fat people....by stigmatising us, they will scare you, who are thin. Be careful! You will be treated that way."

People in the Midlands 'among fattest in England'

People in the Midlands are among the fattest in the country, according to a new report out today - with six of the region's counties in the top 10 in the latest obesity statistics.

Lincolnshire came second in the Public Health England charts, which has released for the first time the percentage of people in each area carrying excess weight, followed by Staffordshire in joint third place.

The obesity data was released by Public Health England
The obesity data was released by Public Health England Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The report shows that 68.2 per cent of people in Lincolnshire are overweight or obese, along with 67.9 per cent of people in Staffordshire.

Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire are all also in the top 10.

Tackling childhood obesity in Lincolnshire

Families in Lincolnshire are taking part in courses to tackle childhood obesity Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Childhood obesity in Lincolnshire is increasing by one per cent every year. Families in East Lindsey are now taking part in 10-week courses to learn about nutrition and health.

They are aimed at helping those in deprived areas with children aged between four and twelve.

Children will attend physical activity sessions twice a week with parents attending sessions once a week to learn more about nutrition and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

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Preventing childhood obesity in Lincolnshire

The courses are aimed at children aged 4-12

Projects to teach families how to eat healthily and stay fit are being introduced to tackle rising obesity in Lincolnshire.

Childhood obesity across the county is rising one per cent year on year.

10-week courses aimed at families with children aged 4-12 in Wainfleet, Louth, Mablethorpe, Skegness and Horncastle. The children will take part in physical activity sessions while the parents learn more about nutrition and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Families learn about healthy eating and staying fit

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Obesity: The facts and figures

Tamworth has topped the chart for the highest proportion of overweight people in Britain Credit: PA

'Obesity' is a clinical term used to describe excess body fat associated with increased risks of health.

According to the Department for Health, in the latest Health Survey for England, 62.8% of adults (aged 16 or over) were overweight or obese.30.3% of children (aged between 2 and 15) were overweight or obese.

26.1% of all adults and 16% of all children were obese.

The most common way to measure obesity is by calculating an individual's BMI (Body Mass Index).

In adults, a BMI of 25 to 29.9 means that person is considered to be overweight, and a BMI of 30 or above means that person is considered to be obese.

More information can be found on the Department for Health's Obesity page.

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